Overview

Senior Programme Management Officer
Job TypeFull Time
QualificationBA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
Experience10 years
LocationNairobi
Job FieldProject Management
Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Biodiversity and Land Branch (BLB), Ecosystems Division, at the Nairobi duty station and reports to the Chief Wildlife Unit.

Responsibilities

  • Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Congo
  • Basin Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program; Leads high-level political engagement with the six Congo Basin countries involved in the Impact Program, review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions, all in coordination with the relevant staff at the UNEP headquarters.
  • Leads research on the identification of new and emerging issues related to sustainable landscape governance and management applicable to the Congo Basin, and presents analysis of information gathered and reviewed from diverse sources with plausible recommendations.
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of the Congo Basin governments and ensures a response to request for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable landscape management issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
  • Coordinates and provides direct substantive support to consultative and intergovernmental meetings related to the
  • Impact Program, including conferences, by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of sustainable development issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on sustainable development issues.
  • Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on sustainable development issues at various forums of intergovernmental, governmental, inter-agency, expert or multi-stakeholder nature.
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., gives lectures or presentations on assigned topics/activities on sustainable development issues.
    Oversees web content and structure for the areas of his/her responsibilities.
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, including drafting mission summaries on sustainable development issues.
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to request for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable development issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) on sustainable development issues.
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization, particularly to ensure synergy across different UNEP projects.
  • Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
  • Takes the lead in task forces, working groups, inter-agency groups, as needed on sustainable development issues.
  • Ensures gender mainstreaming, including in legislation, policies or programmes.
  • Represents the Branch/Division at international, regional or national meetings on sustainable development and conservation issues.
  • Manages unit/section both substantively and administratively, as appropriate.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
    Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Proven knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Proven ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development. Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in conservation, sustainable development, economics, public policy, natural resources management, social sciences, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in designing and implementing large scale projects or programmes in complex ecological and socio-economic context is required.
Working experience in biodiversity conservation, conservation planning and management in the context of the Congo Basin region as well as the associated political, ecological and socio-economic challenges (and opportunities) is desirable.
Experience working in the context of political economy and ecosystem degradation in the Congo Basin is desirable.
Working experience in climate change and associated national and international policies, particularly in the context of forests and associated ecosystem services is desirable.
Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The position is also expected to be relocated to either Brazzaville, Republic of Congo OR Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo as the project progresses.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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